Finally see this thanks to the DVD release from the BFI and I have to say I was blown away by it. This is a very very affecting portrait of Britain in the mid 70s, and what is most surprising is how it chronicles the anger of so many and yet rises above it to take a more compassionate view.

Herbert Norville is very good in the lead and Oscar James superb as his subversive brother. Its a fascinating study of Notting Hill at the time too, the film is so observational and feels semi-improvised in places. While it is overlong, it is also valuable historically for this as it spends time just dwelling on places and ideas without feeling the need to rush things on.

Great interview with Horace Ove on the disc too. This is a real gem, and could end up as one of my top ten films of all time.